Arleigh Burke class destroyer fires a directed energy HELIOS weapon

High Energy Lasers

David Dunlop, 13 January 2021.

The USN will deploy its first High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance (HELIOS) integrated on an operational Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer (DDG) (possibly USS Preble (DDG-88)) this year (2021) for shipboard testing integrated in the Aegis Weapons system. This is a Directed Energy Weapon (DEW) system from Lockheed Martin that has been successfully tested against missiles, drones and small craft over the last few years. Also being developed this year is a Solid-State Laser – Technology Maturation (SSL-TM), Ruggedized High Energy Laser (RHEL), and the Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy (ODIN) program. Would any of these systems be supportable by the CSC Frigate program integrated into the CMS 330 system architecture? The HELIOS system could be an excellent replacement for the CIWS system to augment both ESSM (Extended Range Sea Sparrow Missile) and CAADS (Sea Septor). Could any of these DEW systems be a future fit for the CSC Frigate (fitted for but not with port/stb’d midships where Sea Ram may have been fitted)? At this point, we do not know but would appear to be an excellent fit for integration into the Type 26 CSC Frigate.


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